European Scholar

BULIĆ, Frane

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1846-04-10
  • Born City: Vranjic Solin, near Split
  • Born State/Country: Croatia
  • Parents: Ivan & Katarina Bulič
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1934-07-29
  • Death City: Salona
  • Death State/Country: Croatia
  • Education:

    Student (theology), Zadar; classical archaeology and philology in Viena; Central Theological Seminary, 1865-9.

  • Professional Experience:

    Curator, archaeological museum, Split, conservator of cultural and historical antiquities for Dalmatia; representative of Split in Dalmatian parliament; representative, Imperial Council, the legislative parliament of the Austrian Empire, in Vienna; papal chamberlain; Commander 2nd class , Royal Saxon Albrecht Order, 1908.

  • Publications:

    Salona, colonia Martia Julia Salonoe, studio storico-epigrafico di… (Spalata: 1885); Hrvatski spomenici u kninskoj okolici uz ostale suvremene dalmatinske iz doba narodne hrvatske dinastije (Zagreb: 1888);  Demostenov Govor proti Midij (1891); Inscriptiones quae in C.R. Museo Archaeologico Salonitano Spalati asservantur (Spalati: Zannoni, 1894);; Po ruševinama staroga Solina (Zagreb: 1900); Necropoli antica cristiana a Slano di Ragusa (Rome: 1901); Palača cara Dioklecijana u Splitu Stopama hrvatskih narodnih vladara Kronotaksa solinskih biskupa (Zagreb, 1913); Melita del naufragio di S. Paolo : notizie bibliografiche (Spalata: 1913); L'imperatore Diocleziano : nome, patria e luogo della sua nascita; anno giorno, luogo e genera della sua morte (Spalata: Leonina, 1916); Car Dijoklecijan : njegovo ime, njegova domovina i mjesto, gdje se rodio. kada, gdje i kako je umro (Zagreb: 1918); Orgulje glasovitih umjetnika po crkvama u Dalmaciji : Napisao Frane Bulić. [Umschlagtitel.] S.-A. aus "Sv. Cecilija." (Zagreb; 1918); Stridone: (Grahovopolje in Bosnia): luogo natale di S. Girolamo: studi storico geografico: (estratto dalla miscellanea Geronimiana) (Rome: 1920); Crkvica sv. Petra u Priku kod Omiša (Split: 1923); Bulicév zbornik; naučni prilozi posvećeni Franu Buliću prigodom LXXXV. godisnjice njegova zivota od učenika i prijatelja IV. oktobra MCMXXI (Zagreb-Splt; 1924); Krunidbena bazilika kralja Zvonimira usred Gradine u Solinu" (Sarajevo: 1925); Palača cara Dioklecijana u Splitu (Zagred: 1927); Sv. Venancije prvi biskup solinski i mučenik duvanjski (Split: 1926) Palača cara Dioklecijana u Splitu (Zagreb: 1927); Stopama hrvatskih narodnih vladara (Zagreb: 1928); Povodom pedesetgodišnjice jubileja "Vjesnika za arheologiju i historiju dalmatinsku" (Bulletin d'archéologie et d'histoire dalmate): 1878-1928 (Split: 1931).

    Letters

    Korespondencija, Correspondance (Split; 1984)

  • Notes:

    After studying theology in Zadar, he moved to Vienna, where he studied classics and archaeology. He was named curator of the archaeological museum in Split and was put in charge of all Dalmatian antiquities. At Bihać, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovena, he founded an organization for the preservation He led expeditions throughout Croatia, especially in Solin. In a monastery he discovered a basilica containing the tombs of St. Domnius (ca. 300 CE), martyred during the persecution of Christians by Diocletian and of his successor St. Vanantius of Salona (d. 259 CE). By leading a number of other expeditions in Dalmatia, he made substantial contributions to Christian and Croatian history in the area.  In order to preserve the history In 1898 he found the foundations of the Church of Saint Mary and the Church of St. Stephen, with the tombs of many Croatian rulers, including the church’s patrons, King Michael Krešimir II (d. 969) and his wife, Helen the Glorious of Zadar, (d. 976). He discovered and reconstructed an inscription of Duke Trpimir, a Croatian duke who ruled from 845 until his death in 864, greatly enlarging our knowledge of the royal succession in medieval Croatia. 

    Bulić represented Split in the parliament of Dalmatia, and Dalmatia in the Imperial Council in Vienna, the parliament of the Austrian Empire. He resigned in 1929 when the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes was changed by King Alexander I (1888-1934).

    One of the early investigators of archaeology, Bulić was able to reconstruct the beginnings of the Salonitan church, compiling a chronotaxis of its bishops and martyrs, with his collaborator J. Bervaldi. In 1894 Bulić founded the organization for the preservation of history from the age of Croatian national rulers. His reputation helped Split and Solin host the first International Congress of Christian Archaeology in 1894. He was also a member of many local and international archeological organizations. Among his most notable publications are Hrvatski spomenici u kninskoj okolici uz ostale suvremene dalmatinske iz doba narodne hrvatske dinastije (Croatian monuments in the Knin area and Dalmatia from the age of Croatian national dynasties), Palača cara Dioklecijana u Splitu (Palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split), Stopama hrvatskih narodnih vladara (The steps of the Croatian national rulers). 

  • Sources:

    Emilio Marin, Don Frane Bulic (Split: Archaeological Museum of Split, 1984; Spomenica posvećena don Frani Buliću počasnom članu Jugoslavenske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti u povodu 50. obljetnice smrti (1934-1984)

    Festschrift: 

    The Balkan Nephropathy: in honour of Frano Bulič (London: Churchill, 1967); (Zagreb, 1989).

  • Author: Ward Briggs